[*Updated on Feb 26 to include current book availability]
Those who work in assisted living are finally listening to the message that Nader Shabahangi has been spreading for years – the value of slowing down and learning from elders. Following is a review of “Deeper into the Soul,” a charming book that explains this belief system through different perspectives. It can take a lifetime to really absorb and apply this philosophy and belief system. It’s worth it.
Tru here. I deeply appreciated the book “Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Toward Forgetfulness Care” by Nader Robert Shabahangi PhD and Bogna Szymkiewicz PhD.
Some excerpts from introduction are quoted below:
“In this book we highlight a basic attitudinal shift:
- Dementia is our teacher.
- Rather than simply a disease, dementia has purpose and meaning.
- Rather than being people simply in need of our care, people who forget can teach us about life and living.
- Rather than a burden, people with dementia offer us an opportunity to deepen ourselves, to go deeper into our souls.” …
And later: “Being with forgetfulness indeed takes us deeper into the soul. Whether we experience forgetting in others or glimpse it in little moments within ourselves, forgetfulness offers us a gift, if only we are capable of seeing it as such. Perhaps loss is always a gateway to the real gains …”
And last but not least, this excerpt; “For those who can truly lay aside their aversion or discomfort and learn to accept what is, the gifts of the soul await; equanimity, intimacy with the dream-world and its magical ways, slowing down to the speed of soul essence.”
It took several tries for me to understand the text of this book, but even on the first try I could understand the brief blurb-balloons for the cartoon explanations that go with each page. VERY much appreciated the positive perspective offered by this book. Publisher http://pacificinstitute.org/eldersacademy.php#deeper still has it available $14 (softcover) and $20 (hardcover).
Tru Blog Review of Book “Deeper Into the Soul by Nader Shabahangi and Bogna Szymkiewicz POSTED ON http://truthfulkindness.com/2014/08/06/bk-deeper/
Deeper into the Soul Books
Deeper into the Soul is currently available in both hardcover and ebook from Elders Academy Press.
Deeper into the Soul paperback is currently out of stock. Elders Academy Press expects to have it back in stock in April, 2016.